Monday, 3 August, 2020

Ryan Packer

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Ryan Packer lives in the Summit Slope neighborhood of Capitol Hill & has been writing for the blog since 2015. He reports on multimodal transportation issues, #visionzero, preservation, and local politics. He believes in using Seattle's history to help attain the vibrant, diverse city that we all wish to inhabit.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's proposed 2020 budget heeds the call of the Move Seattle levy oversight committee and street safety advocates by adding more funding to complete bike projects: over $8 million for protected bike lanes and $2 million for neighborhood greenways. These one-time funds come from...
In the summer of 2017, every single sidewalk in Seattle was visited by a team of interns and assessed: 2,300 miles of sidewalk were inspected. They found, unsurprisingly, a lot of issues. There were 93,000 places where sidewalks were meeting at unlevel surfaces more than a half...
Every fall, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) traditionally allocates unspent highway funding among all the states. In late August, the FHWA announced that the 2019 "August redistribution" would total nearly $4 billion dollars, of which Washington State will receive almost $59 million. While this is nothing compared...
Last Friday, the largest land deal for the City in decades moved out of committee, on its way to sure approval at next Monday's city council meeting. The $143 million deal would permanently turn over thee parcels in South Lake Union over to Alexandria Real Estate to...
Last month, days after the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) finished installing a paint-and-post protected bike lane on 8th Avenue between the Convention Center and Denny Triangle, Mayor Jenny Durkan appeared at a podium next to the bikeway flanked by City staff and advocates. Her appearance there,...
On Tuesday night, as Seattle awaited the first results in the primary election, the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee selected which projects across the city would receive around $8 million in grants for street improvements. The projects were submitted by Seattle residents earlier...
In the first six months of 2019, someone was seriously injured or killed on Seattle's streets at an average rate of once every 44 hours, the highest number in almost a decade. This week Michelle Baruchman at The Seattle Times was the first to obtain the data...
While the plan for expanding Seattle's bicycle network remains headed for a near-complete halt on new facilities in just a few years, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is set to make up a bit of lost ground with a flurry of new protected bicycle lanes downtown...